'Cross: Nichols Wins Eastern Lge R5

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Location: Gloucester Park, Basildon
Event: 8 October 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports

Andrew Nichols (PCA Ciclos Uno) continued his march towards the Eastern League title with a fifth maximum points haul at Gloucester Park in Basildon on Saturday.

Nichols, 21 and from Chelmsford in Essex, has been top senior in every round so far, and with eight results counting towards the total points he is looking good for overall victory at this early stage.

He crossed the line alone, 1-28 ahead of his nearest rival and team-mate at PCA Ciclos Uno James Whatling who was finishing second to Nichols for the third time this season in the Eastern League.

And almost another minute off the pace was junior Cameron Toms (Iceni Velo) who took third spot overall and was top junior, crossing the line just seven seconds ahead of team-mate Matt Thurston, who in turn was just one second ahead of Hayden Wood.

Mike Bowen (West Suffolk Wheelers) moved up to second in the league with victory in the supporting race. The 44-year-old from Bury St Edmunds was 49 seconds ahead of 63-year-old Enfield rider Philip Cooper (unattached), while series leader Geoff Bores (Ford CC) was just three second further back.

CC Ashwell’s Theo Doncaster won the youth race, securing his first win this season by almost a minute from Tom Stead (Nice Tri St Neots). But Sean Dunlea – who has won every round so far but was absent from the fifth round at Basildon – is still the runaway leader in the overall rankings.


1 Andrew Nichols (PCA Ciclos Uno) 59:55
2 James Whatling (PCA Ciclos Uno) @ 1:28
3 Cameron Toms (Iceni Velo) @ 2:25
4 Matt Thurston (Iceni Velo) @ 2:32
5 Hayden Wood (unattached) @ 2:33
6 Martin Carter (unattached) @ 3:41
7 Andy Waterman (Vicious Velo) @ 4:55
8 James Jobber (Colchester Rovers CC) @ 5:20
9 Philip Glowinski (VC Londres) @ 5:48
10 Anthony Birt (Ipswich BC) @ 5:50

1 Mike Bowen (West Suffolk Wheelers) 38:38
2 Philip Cooper (unattached) @ 49sec
3 Geoff Bores (Ford CC) @ 52sec
4 Tim Brown (North Road CC) @ 1:09
5 Len Delicaet (London Phoenix) @ 1:11
6 John Perian (CC Breckland) @ 1:33
7 Colin Cracknell (Ipswich BC) @ 1:34
8 Paul Rippon (Ipswich BC) @ 1:48
9 Simon Hurrell (Maldon & Dist CC) @ 2:02
10 Martin Graves (Newmarket C&TC) @ 2:18
Women: Susan Wood (Maldon & Dist CC).

1 Theo Doncaster (CC Ashwell) 29:28
2 Tom Stead (Nice Tri St Neots) @ 59sec
3 Daniel Maynard (Welwyn Wheelers) @ 1:15
4 James Madgwick (Lee Valley YCC) @ 1:34
5 Archie Wishart (Welwyn Wheelers) @ 1:52
6 Jonathan Sjolin (West Suffolk Wheelers) @ 2:06
Under-14s: Mitchell Powell (Chelmer CC). Girls: Bethany Hayward (Welwyn Wheelers).

1 Aaron Freeman (Chelmer CC) 15:11
2 William Raymond (Welwyn Wheelers) @ 1sec
3 Sophie Holmes (Diss & Dist CC) @ 46sec
Under-10s: Aaron Freeman.

British Cycling would like to thank the organising team, officials and everyone else who helped promote this event. Our sport could not exist without the hundreds of people, many of them unpaid volunteers, who put in many hours of hard work running events, activities and clubs.